Cecilia hands Midland first loss of season
By Chris Quebedeaux
JENNINGS – Playing up in Class in the Jennings Tournament, the Midland Rebels pulled off a thrilling 53-50 victory over Class 4A St. Louis Wednesday.
Unfortunately, the thrill of that victory lasted less than 24 hours.
Midland’s winning streak came to an end at 12 games Thursday when Cecilia upended the Rebels in the tournament’s semifinals, 65-53.
The Rebels (12-1), who started out the game with five 3-pointers in the first quarter, went cold from the floor in the second half and Cecilia took full advantage.
The Bulldogs outscored the Rebels 35-26 in the final two frames behind 22 points from guard Donnavan Williams.
Williams also gave the Rebels problems in the first half, scoring 17 to finish with a game-high 39 points.
The Rebels led by as many as five in the first quarter before Williams got going. He scored 11 to tie the game at 17-17 and then hit the first basket of the second quarter to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.
Cecilia never trailed again.
Miles Prejean hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut Cecilia’s lead to 30-27 at the half but the Bulldogs went on a 9-2 run to start the third to gain separation.
Cecilia took a 50-40 lead at the end of the third and outscored the Rebels 15-13 in the final stanza.
Colby Gantt paced the Rebels with 19 points while Prejean had 15 and B.J. Cormier had 12.
Also scoring for the Rebels were Michael Vincent with four points, Andrew Hains with two and Allen Fontenot with one.
In Wednesday’s victory over St. Louis, Midland jumped out to a 15-11 advantage in the first quarter behind three 3-pointers from Fontenot.
Keeland Garrett rallied St. Louis in the second quarter, dropping nine of his 28 points to help the Saints tie the game at the half, 27-27.
Garrett continued his tear in the third quarter, scoring 11 points to help the Saints jump out to a 41-35 lead heading into the final frame.
Midland’s defense took over in the fourth, limiting the Saints to just nine points as the Rebels outscored St. Louis 18-9.
Fontenot hit six 3-pointers in the contest and finished with a team-high 19 points. He was followed by Prejean with 13 points and Gantt with 12. Cormier added eight points and Vincent scored one.
The Rebels took on Comeaux Saturday afternoon in the consolation game, but results were not availble at press time.
Midland will be in action again Tuesday when the Rebels host Jennings at 7 o’clock.